I’ve met a lot of people through Twitter. Twitter not only introduces us to new artists, but it gives us a means of closely following the careers of our up and coming country artists. I don’t know a lot about the group I’m going to talk about today. Their name is Buck Sixx, and I met them on Twitter.
Their bio introduces them as Dustin Craig lead vocals, acoustic guitar; Cheyenne Craig vocals, fiddle, dobro, guitars; Marc Craig vocals, keyboard, guitars; Jeff Dillehay lead guitar, vocals, banjo; Morris Dillehay bass guitar, vocals; and, Chris Gibson drums, percussion. I definitely see a pattern here, which makes me wish I knew more about this group. I can assume Dustin, Cheyenne and Marc are related – maybe brothers, maybe cousins. and I think with a last name like Dillehay that we can assume Jeff and Morris are also related. The bio they sent me mentions people like ‘dads, grandfathers, uncles and cousins’ as people who influenced their music – so we’ve definitely got a family tie or two.
The complete list their influences included artists like The Eagles, Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt, Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Pantera and many more ‘to include our dads, grandfathers, uncles and cousins’ that play bluegrass. You can hear a lot of all of that in the songs they have up on Reverbnation.
They have five songs up on Reverbnation, “Last Ride,” “Whiskey River,” “I Can’t Turn Back Time,” “Trucker’s Anthem,” and “Drunk in Love.” The first one I listened to was “I Can’t Turn Back Time,” and they told me they have just put the finishing touches on a video for that song. The photo above is one of the scenes from the new video, which I got from the group’s facebook page. There are 13 tracks on their debut, self-titled CD – you can hear a short clip from each of those by clicking here. And, if you like what you hear (and I’m pretty sure you will), you can order the CD at that same link!
They are talented musicians, to say the least. You can expect a guitar riff like what you might get from Keith Urban or Brad Paisley, and their music definitely falls under the description of ‘country/rock’. I always though Mike Eli (Eli Young Band) had one of the most recognizable voices in country music, but he may have to take a step to the side here and let Dustin Craig share that spotlight with him. You only have to hear Dustin sing once to know you are going to remember that voice when you hear it again.
I really thought “I Can’t Turn Back Time” was my favorite song on this album. I have just changed my mind. While there isn’t a bad song on this fantastic debut album, my favorite — and the one I would love to see these guys release to radio – is “Never Surrender.” I love the melody, I love the lyrics, and I love the message. This group has a very strong first album. I’m anxious to see what the future holds for them. And, I hope they will show up in a club, or at a fair in my part of Tennessee sometime soon.
Country music is changing – it has been for the last 40 years. Fortunately, I’m changing with it – it’s just taking me a little longer than it has some of the others. But the good thing about country music is that once it picked up names like ‘country/rock’ and ‘country/pop’, it opened the doors for a billion new fans to walk through. Fans who didn’t like the twangy classic country sound of 1950s and 60s country music seem to enjoy that little bit of twang when it is nicely blended with a ‘riff or growl’ that reminds them of rock.
You can follow this group on Twitter @bucksixx, and check out their facebook page, too. I am really anxious to hear what all of you think of this group.
That will do it for me for tonight. Talk to you all soon!